UPU World Leaders Forum 2021

9:00 am
 – 6:00 pm

Facilitating Sustainable Global Trade

As part of the leading European postal trade show “Parcel+Post Expo” taking place in Vienna, Austria, between 12 and 14 October 2021, the UPU will hold its annual World Leaders Forum in the online format.
 The one-day event on 11 October will provide excellent insights into today’s challenges and opportunities for postal professionals from all around the globe.

With the approaching UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow and the worrying pace of global warming, the Forum, held under the theme “One Ocean – Many Currents”, will address sustainable global trade through in-depth discussions and experience sharing. Forum sessions will cover the whole range of topics related to global trade, economic development, and sustainable business, and present a diversity of perspectives from parcel and postal sector leaders.

10h00 – 10h20: Keynote – Mr. Pascal Clivaz, Deputy Director General, UPU

10h20 – 10h40: Q&A with the audience

11h00 – 12h00: Leaders’ perspectives from around the world

  • Mr. Vincent Phang, Group CEO, Singapore Post
  • Ms. Þórhildur Ólöf Helgadóttir, CEO Iceland Post
  • Dr. Anirudha Bansod, CEO Post Fiji
  • Ms. Rocío Bárcena, Director General, Correos de Mexico
  • Mr. David Walsh, CEO, New Zealand Post

12h00 – 12h30: Questions and comments from the audience
Lunch break

14h00 – 14h40: Sustainability – the big issue of our time

  • Ms. Annemarie Gardshol, President and Group CEO, PostNord
  • Mr. David McRedmond, CEO, An Post
  • Mr. Siva Somasundram, Director of Policy, Regulation & Markets, UPU

14h40 – 15h15: Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

15h30 – 16h30: Industry experts and thought leaders discuss and reflect on the journey ahead

  • Mr. Tomaž Kokot, CEO, Post of Slovenia
  • Mr. Brody Buhler, CEO, Escher Group
  • Ms. Þórhildur Ólöf Helgadóttir, CEO Iceland Post
  • Mr. Jean-Paul Forceville, Director of European and International Relations, La Poste Group (France), Chair, Postal Operations Council, UPU
  • Mr. Mike Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard

16h30 – 16h45: Summary and conclusion of the Forum

This is a virtual event, held on Zoom and live streamed on UPU TV